A great way to start Labor Day is the annual Telluride Film Festival’s town park picnic, featuring grilled steaks, ice cream sundae’s and then an outdoor panel discussion. This year’s session featured a rather unfocused dialogue with women behind some of the fest’s films, most of whom were uncomfortable with being grouped together on the dais. Tamara Jenkins called it the Special Olympics panel and Laura Linney used every opportunity to express her frustration with the topic. The moderator was unable to steer the session in the right direction and I swear I heard him refer to the “affliction” of being a woman in Hollywood.
Later in the day, I caught the restored silent presentation of “People On Sunday” (with live orchestra), the insightful film criticism doc “For the Love of Movies” and the well-done Sean Penn feature “Into The Wild”,” which features top notch technical credits, poignant music by Eddie Vedder and a striking performance by Emile Hirsch.
More on the fest in a final indieWIRE dispatch tomorrow…
[photo by eugene hernandez]